The Great Seattle Seed Swap is just around the corner — coming on Saturday, Feb. 24, 1-4 p.m. at the Phinney Center. Bring your home-saved or leftover packets of seeds, or just come to pick up some new varieties and talk seeds with other gardeners.
This year a series of presentations by Tilth Alliance will deepen your understanding of seed-saving.
Make some time for these hands-on activities and fun educational presentations:
- 1:30 p.m. — Beginner Friendly Seed Saving
- We’ll discuss the basic biology of seed saving and share some beginner-friendly recommendations to get started saving (and then sharing!) your own seeds.
- 2:30 p.m. — Harvesting Seeds
- How do you know if your seeds are mature and ready to harvest? We’ll discuss how to assess seed maturity and some strategies for harvesting.
- 3:30 p.m. — Basics of Wet & Dry Processing
- Join us to experience a demonstration and explanation of common wet & dry seed processing techniques. We’ll share a demonstration and give folks an opportunity to get some hands-on practice.
There will be a table with seeds and screens where you can try your hand at seed harvesting–and take home some freshly harvested seed!
You can also ask questions and learn from these great nonprofits that will be tabling: The Garden Hotline, Master Composters/Sustainability Stewards, Seattle Tree Fruit Society, Sustainable Ballard, Rainwise, Seattle REconomy.org, Sustainable NE Seattle and City Fruit.
And if you’d like to bring seeds (not required), make sure they’re labeled with the variety name and date, bring only seeds that are not too old to plant (2021 or later). You can even bring cuttings or divisions of edible plants if you’d like.
The event is shaping up to be the best one in our 10-plus years. Join us there!